Artist Talk

New American Sweatshop

– Amelia Marzec in conversation followed by a gaming session


In the global economy, we have enjoyed more connectedness than ever before but have paid a price in privacy and autonomy. We must learn to use what is at hand to be prepared for disruptions, and we must re-think our relationship to technology to build systems that are more democratic. Amelia Marzec’s multilayered work ‘The New American Sweatshop’ manifests itself as an installation that models a functioning, manufacturing plant and comprises different modes of presentation. It consists of durational performances, wall displays, business plans, documentations of collective working sessions as well as of a game: ‘The New American Sweatshop: Training Module’.


The Training Module addresses the lack of common knowledge surrounding electronics manufacturing through a tabletop resource sharing game. Players become trainees in this fictional electronics cooperative. They barter for materials using real electronic waste as game pieces while avoiding hazards. The goal is to complete simple circuits that become building blocks for futuristic communication devices. In this way, they contribute to new models for economics and manufacturing. The game teaches players to identify common electronic components and introduces the idea of a schematic. It uses barter, strategy, and chance to achieve its goals, raising the question of how a phone company could function in a dystopian future.


13:30 – 14:30 – Artist Talk

14:30 – 15:30 – “New American Sweatshop” Art Game

Event Type
  • Artist Talk
  • Wednesday
    1:30 pm - 3:30 pm


Karen Eliot Stage


This talk is happening in the exhibition space and is for free!